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About TWHBEA

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association(TM) (TWHBEA(R)), an agricultural non-profit 501c(5) organization headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded on May 11, 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage the expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare.  Since the breed was recognized officially by the US Department of Agriculture in 1954, and the TWHBEA as the only and official breed registry, it is a simple truth that “if it ain’t registered at TWHBEA, it ain’t a Tennessee Walking Horse.”

There are more than 530,302 registered Tennessee Walking Horses(C) throughout the world. TWHBEA(R) protects the investment of Tennessee Walking Horse(C) owners by establishing policies and requirements and maintaining the breed registry. A 13-person Executive Committee, selected from the International Board of Directors representing members from the United States of America and several foreign countries, plays a key role in establishing these policies. The success and popularity of the Tennessee Walking Horse is the result of thoughtful organization and strong leadership by the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association(TM), and it is the essential organization for the continued success of the breed.

2020 Executive Committee
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Margo Urad
Texas
President
Email Margo Urad

Mike Floyd

Mike Floyd
Tennessee
Sr. Vice-President
Email Mike Floyd

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Dee Cantrell
Alabama
Vice-President: Breeders/Futurity
Email Dee Cantrell

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Dr. Bradley Woodruff
Illinois
Vice-President: Owners/Exhibitors/International
Email Dr. Woodruff

Frances Bates

Frances Bates
Tennessee
Vice-President: Marketing
Email Frances Bates

Christy Kakassy

Christina Kakassy
South Carolina
Vice-President: Administrative/Fiscal/Audit
Email Christy Kakassy

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Robin Webb, Esq
Kentucky
Member at Large, Vice-President: Bylaws & Enforcement
Email Robin Webb

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Thom Meek
Kentucky
Vice-President: Trainers? Division
Email Thom Meek

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Kristen Reichard
Pennsylvania
Vice-President: Pleasure Horse
Email Kristen Reichard

Denise Rowland

Denise Rowland
Tennessee
Vice-President: Performance Horse
Email Denise Rowland

Chris Hazelwood

Chris Hazelwood
Tennessee
Member at Large Youth Vice-President
jacobyfarm@hotmail.com

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James O. Heiting, Esq.
California
Vice President: Equine Welfare
Email Jim Heiting

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Walter D. Chism
Tennessee
Secretary-Registrar
Email Walt Chism

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David Williams
Tennessee
Immediate Past President
Email David Williams